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This module provides general information for graduate level studies along with introductions to the program.

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This introduction course provides learners with an overview of the unique Academic Learning Model in the curriculum. Detailed expectations for the program clarify the goals of the program while detailed strategies for successful completion guide the learners. Learners also identify personal interest areas to assist faculty in building their scaffolds through the program with a specific focus on scholarly writing and research at the graduate level. The module will cover both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. It also introduces the complexity of research in social science using systems thinking, along with multiple intelligences.


The module provides learners with an understanding of the integration among finance, banking, innovation and technology.  Learners explore how current firms are leveraging technologies to create and sustain organizational successes. The module challenges learners to develop systemic insight on the interconnectedness of organizational functions with a specific focus on finance, innovation and technology; The module also introduces the role of technology as one of the systemic integration elements for the course. It illustrates the importance of integration among various fields in order to stay ahead in a competitive environment.

The module focuses on the most recent theories and concepts to assess and develop empowering teams within a global environment. The module also provides a strategic assessment between leadership and management actions that drive effective teams, while introducing emotional intelligence as one of the systemic integration elements for the course.

This module examines the organization, planning, and controlling of projects and provides practical knowledge on managing project scope, schedule, and resources. The module exposes learners to global project management and how multinational organizations utilize it to lower costs, speed up new product roll-outs, and enhance customer satisfaction.  The module also introduces organizational knowledge management systems along with learning processes.

This module provides learners with a comprehensive understanding of the challenges associated with disruptive technological advances in an increasingly globalized business environment. The module allows learners to better understand how to navigate internal and external complexities while utilizing a systemic approach to creating and executing strategic initiatives. Learners are provided a variety of relevant models and frameworks in order to manage organizational strategies in an international marketplace, while seeking to obtain a sustainable competitive advantage.

The module integrates the traditional tools of corporate finance with an eye towards governance implications of management actions.  Addressing the subject in a comparative and interdisciplinary manner, the module also explores the nature of the corporation, the basic theory of the firm, and the internal and external architecture of corporate governance.

This module provides learners the theoretical framework to forecast potential global macroeconomic and microeconomic case studies. The theoretical framework includes monetary and interest policies of central banks, tax policies and exchange rate policies. The module elaborates on different policy perspectives of different economists and schools of economic thought. Topics also include demand and cost estimation, production decisions, pricing, analysis at competitive market structures, and antitrust issues.

This module prepares learners to appreciate the dynamics of cross cultural diversity and to make informed managerial decisions in an increasingly globalized business environment. The module content demonstrates how the generic principles of marketing could be applied to diverse global marketplaces. The module has an interdisciplinary approach and offers critical cross-national, and cross-functional perspectives.

This module provides a review and analysis of theories and models in decision making. Rather than taking a conventional problem-based approach, the module focuses on the ideal solution that is systemic in nature. The module challenges learners to view the entire system at work, rather than as separate parts of the system.

This module focuses on the core values that drive ethical decisions, which consider the broader environment along with honoring self. While literature on leadership and ethics is abundant, the focus on aligning one’s core values and a systemic consideration is the focus of this module. Along with developing complex thought processes, organizational practices for corporate social responsibility is examined. 

The module provides learners with the knowledge, insight, and analytical skills related to how an international corporation designs and implements systems to plan, implement, control, and manage firm financial performance across the globe. As the final module within the course, the module takes a systemic overview of business that drives globalization while beginning to focus learners on their capstone project.

The module focuses on managing various components of business risk using case studies and real-world assessments. The module addresses how to control for market and credit risks. Learners examine in-depth management of assets and liabilities in combination with other risks that stem from using financial instruments such as financial derivatives. Reputational risk, operational risk, liquidity risk, and ultimately risk of default also are  analyzed.

The module explores financial concepts used in financial statement reporting, financial analysis, and investments. Topics include creating and understanding a financial statement, appreciating financial disclosure issues, developing a budget, and evaluating cash-flow projections. The module provides insight into financial reports and analysis of the financial position and the operating results of business organizations, including several techniques.

The module provides learners with a comprehensive understanding of change development process exposing learners to the numerous multivariate steps, processes, components and issues that need to be considered in order to gain and sustain a competitive advantage in the global marketplace.

The module offers an in-depth comparative analysis of the different theories of leadership with an emphasis on cultural adaptations. The module focuses on application of relevant leadership theories within unique cultural contexts. The module provides special focus on transformational leadership, and offers the ability for learners the opportunity to systemically develop transformational leadership in organizations while integrating cultural intelligence.

The module provides learners with the integration of the people and systems in business. Starting at the individual level, the module focuses on a conscious development process for emotional intelligence as leaders. Using the past experiences of emotional intelligence throughout the course, learners learn to strategically build emotional intelligence from the individual to the organizational level.

The module weaves learning from the core modules into a systemic perspective of achieving competitive advantage in entrepreneurship.  The module explores both established and emerging approaches in marketplace approaches to achieve competitive advantage for small and medium sized enterprises within a cultural context. Learners design a proactive learning system within a small and mid-size enterprise.

The module introduces learners to the concept of entrepreneurship in business management. The focus is to provide learners with the knowledge and skill to maximize opportunities to grow their business through innovation. The module includes lessons on operational management, marketing, supply chain, competitive advantage, financial accounting, and personal development within the context of a small business environment.

The module focuses on innovation as the necessary driver of success for any organization. Innovation from creativity can be a systematic discipline that exists in all forms of organizations. With the focus on creating systemic processes that burst with innovation, the module balances the role of individual entrepreneurship and organizational innovation. 

Scholarly writing is one of the most powerful tools to gain respect and trust within a community. This rigorous workshop will take students through the process of scholarly research and synthesis of research.

 Understanding the Traps of Latent Measures within Traditional Performance Management

3 Keys to Unleashing the Creative Potential in Each Employee

 5 Ways to Drive the Highest Ethical Practices Among Employees

Integrating Strategic Planning Processes with Organizational Design

Transforming HR functions into power processes that drive Innovation

Mastering the Systemic Nature of Human Relationships

The Introduction to Social Science Research and quantitative research methods module introduces learners to the field of social science research. As the first research module, it introduces specific requirements of scholarly writing at the doctoral level. The module then examines in depth the research process and introduces learners to the various aspects of doing scientific research with a specific focus on quantitative methodology, providing practical advice and insight in the field of business. Topics covered include scholarly writing, problem statement development, research question/hypothesis formulation and theory synthesis, data collection techniques, and data analyses methodologies.

This module introduces you to the field of qualitative research - non-statistical social science research. It examines in depth the research process and introduces learners to the various aspects of doing scientific research, providing practical advice and insight in the field of business. Topics covered include proper selection of qualitative approaches, research synthesis, data collection techniques, data analysis and research design.

This course introduces the qualitative approach of grounded theory research. It provides foundational knowledge to build credible theories within a dynamic environment. These are the foundational concepts needed before planning, coding, analysis, and theory construction, which is the process of theory building from qualitative data. Grounded theory approach is very flexible, dynamic and challenging. This course will help learners, thoroughly understand the methodology, and why it is utilized, so they do not apply the process too rigidly and dogmatically, which could hinder the quality of their theory development.


This module begins to explore the dynamic nature of organizational culture, the rapid change in globalization and the leadership skills necessary for success. This module also explores how business organizations take on unique cultures that influences decision-making, operations, strategy, and marketing. It identifies strategies for leaders to adapt their organizations to external societal, technological and cultural changes, promote internal corporate changes, and to normalize/implant the new changes as an evolution in corporate culture (the operationalization of Tuckman’s “forming, storming, norming, performing” prescription for cultural change). Learners are provoked to challenge the process, inspire a desired culture, and empower organizational members. This module intends to help learners connect academic research to organizational implementations of research findings.


This module introduces the philosophy of knowledge which guides learners with a deeper understanding of the complexity of knowledge. A strong foundation for PhD learners start with an understanding of individual philosophies that relate to definition, purpose, acquisition and application of knowledge. The module provides an overview of multiple theoretical perspectives throughout history. These perspectives examine the nature of knowledge and cognition. While structuring an open mind of the PhD learner, the applications of knowledge becomes a fluid process of inquiry. This introductory module helps learners define their own philosophy of knowledge and establish their goals and purpose. This is an interdisciplinary approach integrating perspectives from humanities, natural sciences and social sciences.


This module introduces learners to better understand the complexity of organizations through the application of systems thinking. This theory conceptualizes the interrelationships of all aspects of organizational life and focuses on the salient aspects that influence today’s organizations.  It illustrates some useful ways of understanding and utilizing a view of the interaction of forces relevant to managing organizations.  The module provides tools to visualize the world as a very dynamic whole. Through the application of systems thinking, this module is designed to show how organizations function and how they change over time, to illuminate pathways for managing complex organizational dynamics, and to draw attention to how global business systems are prompting organizations to change in order to be successful.


This module initiates an exploration into the mindset and psychological framework of successful leaders in conventional organizations. With a focus on emotional intelligence (EQ) to maximize ethical behaviours, the module challenges learners to explore oneself while creating a foundation for the development of emotional intelligence as a systemic intervention within an organization. It helps learners apply emotional intelligence as complex systems (individual, team and organization), rather than intelligence quotient (IQ), to inspire, inform, exercise personal power, innovate, and influence in an environment of increasingly brief, fast-paced, trusting, collaborative, ethical, and innovative human interactions. Along with the previous module on systems thinking, learners develop a clear sense of research ethics. As the final module in the course, this module challenges learners to synthesize complex theories, such as epistemology, systems thinking, emotional intelligence and ethics into the process of a scholarly research study.  


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